Class Length: 4 Weeks
Time/Dates: 7-8:30pm, Thursday nights, 1/17/19-2/7/19
Pre-Requisites: some performance experience or acting or improv instruction is preferred, as some foundational performance skills and knowledge (e.g. stage presence, basic scene work, monologues) will be assumed in the teaching of this course.
TV, sketch comedy shows and film have produced memorable and enduring characters that make us laugh, cry or think. But how do actors create characters? And how can performers leverage these skills to create deeper, richer characters to build sketches around, or have "on call" for an improv scene, or produce for a scripted play?
In this four week course, students will learn skills to:
+Build whole, memorable characters "from scratch"
+Help them understand what makes good characters live beyond an idea, page or stage direction
+Use their own innate gifts and unique point of view to create characters that feel grounded (even if they're ridiculous)
+How to access or leverage characters to build scenes or support other characters
Students will receive direct feedback and instruction as they build three separate characters over the four week course.